David Hogg rejects Fox's Laura Ingraham's apology, says 'a bully is a bully'
The 17-year-old Parkland shooting survivor, David Hogg, rejected Fox News host Laura Ingraham's apology on Saturday — for mocking him over his college applications — and called her a "bully."
Ingraham of the “Ingraham Angle” aired on Fox News last week tweeted ridiculing David Hogg — a high school senior — for "whining" about getting rejected by four colleges.
"David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" Ingraham tweeted on Thursday, last week.
She later issued an apology after her show's advertisers began pulling out.
Ever since the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida, Hogg has become a vocal proponent of gun control laws in the country and has been a constant target of pro-gun advocates.
While appearing on CNN on Saturday, Hogg talked about his online confrontation with Ingraham calling her apology just an "effort just to save your advertisers."
"It’s disturbing to know that somebody can bully so many people and just get away with it, especially to the level that she did," the anti-gun activist said on CNN.
"No matter who somebody is, no matter how big or powerful they may seem, a bully is a bully and it’s important that you stand up to them."
Hogg said that Ingraham's criticism of him was similar to other bullying statements she had made others, including a conflict with the LGBTQ community while she was at Dartmouth in 1984.
The Fox News host had also recently asked NBA star LeBron James to "shut up and dribble," after he had made a political statement.
Hogg pointed out these instances on CNN and added that Ingraham should not just apologize to him but also to several others she has mocked.
Shortly after Ingraham's mocking tweet, Hogg took to Twitter to list at least 12 companies that advertise on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle" and told his followers on the social media platform to "pick a number 1-12 contact the company next to that number."
Ingraham reportedly lost more than a dozen advertisers in just a few days, including Johnson & Johnson, Nestlé, Hulu, Jos. A. Bank, Jenny Craig, Ruby Tuesday and Miracle-Ear.
Ingraham announced on her show on Friday that she will take a weeklong vacation for Easter.
"I'll be off next week for Easter break with my kids," Ingraham said. A Fox News spokesperson said that the break was pre-planned.